Neither here nor there, but somewhere In-Between
Lampedusa, Isole Pelagie, Italy
This paradise is not the end of a journey, but a temporary stop in-between. A rest-stop for those passing through Lampedusa. Both a haven for tourists, and an asylum for migrants. Two groups of people that occupy the same space, but never share the same space.
The island is an infrastructure that facilitates social encounters between these two groups. Encounters that would otherwise not occur. Using walls to mediate the occupant’s interactions as they pass through the building, so as to facilitate a final state of assimilation.
An island of rehabilitation, where bathing and washing are acts of socialisation between migrant and tourist. Only the walls differentiate between the two groups. But the walls’ function is to break down the very division they instate. Through a progression of view and scale, the occupant becomes increasingly aware of the presence of the ‘other’. The final stage of physical encounter preceding their re-introduction into the landscape.
The island is not a walled garden, its a garden of walls. Where walls divide, but in dividing connect. Dissolving social boundaries by providing physical ones, to facilitate a moment to contact between two people, before their respective journeys continue.
Central Mediterranean Migrants